Pope’s Morning Homily: “Ask Yourselves: ‘Does God Weep for Me?'”

At Casa Santa Marta, Encourages Examination of Conscience, Asking Selves: ‘Do We Distance Ourselves from God to Follow Idols?’

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“The dream and disappointments of God” emerge in the Book of Exodus, which the liturgy proposes today, because of the betrayal on the part of His people. However, the biblical text also exudes the love that the Lord has for His people, despite everything.

Part of these considerations were in the homily that Pope Francis gave this morning, March 30, 2017, in the Mass at Saint Martha’s. Francis recalled the affair of the golden calf, that the people took care to construct for themselves because “they did not have the patience to wait for God” for just forty days. Thus, they forgot that “God has saved them,” generating “disappointment” in Him.

“You have forgotten who raised you,” affirms the prophet Baruch. This forgetfulness on the part of men is also found in the Gospel, for instance, in the episode “of the man who has a vineyard and then fails, because the laborers want to take it for themselves,” recalled the Holy Father, who commented: “There is always this restlessness in man’s heart! He is not satisfied with God, with faithful love. Man’s heart is always inclined to infidelity. And this is the temptation.”

See how “every day” we are called to “take up the path to not slide slowly towards idols, towards fantasies, towards worldliness, towards infidelity.” Therefore, Francis invited all to ask themselves if God is disappointed with us. Ask yourselves, he said, if “God weeps for me.”

If He is disappointed it is because “we go to seek love, wellbeing” elsewhere and reject “His love.” It is about “a little examination of conscience, appropriate for Lent. “And the surprise will be that He always waits for us, as the Father of the Prodigal Son, who saw him come from afar, because he was waiting for him,” concluded the Pope.

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